Are you traveling in the coming weeks? See the following tips to help keep the cheer in your holiday season:
Travel tips from Eugene Airport
Before You Leave for the Airport
- If traveling early morning on a peak travel day (December 22, 26 and 29), plan on arriving TWO HOURS before your scheduled flight time. This should allow for plenty of time to navigate flight check-in, security lines and travel to your gate.
- Check-in online. Passengers may check-in online 24 hours prior to their departure and print their boarding passes at home. Often ticket agents will move online check-in passengers to a different line if they still need to check bags. Before you leave the house, check with your airline to confirm that your flight is on time or check the flight information webpage.
Once You Arrive at the Airport
- If you have checked bags they must be tagged at the airline ticket counter at least 40 minutes before departure time.
- Know your airline’s checked bag and carry-on bag policy, including fees to avoid surprises. Put medications and other required items in your carry-on bag.
- Remember your boarding pass and valid government photo ID. These two items are required by TSA in order to pass through the security checkpoint.
- Eugene Airport Information Desk, located in the terminal building, is frequently staffed by Navigator volunteers who can assist passengers with directions and information.
- Allows select frequent flyers of participating airlines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs to receive expedited screening benefits during domestic travel.
- Eligible participants use dedicated screening lanes for screening benefits which include leaving on shoes, light outerwear and belts, as well as leaving laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in carry-on bags.
- For passengers without TSA Pre✓®, screening still requires removing coats and shoes, taking all items out of pockets, and removing belts before going through the screening machines.
- Remove laptops and other large electronics from your carry-on bag and place in a separate bin for screening.
- Pies and cakes are allowed through the security checkpoint. Please be advised that they are subject to additional screening.
- Items purchased after the security checkpoint have been pre-screened and can be taken on the plane.
- In an effort to be security compliant and relieve congestion, please utilize our new Cell Phone Parking Lot. Follow signs to Old Airport Road and wait for up to one hour for arriving passengers, free of charge.
- The Transportation Security Administration restrictions on taking liquids and gels through security remain in place. Remember the 3-1-1 rule for these items:
- 3.4-ounce or smaller containers of liquids, gels and aerosols placed in:
- 1 quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag to hold all small bottles
- 1 bag per passenger placed in a screening bin
- Larger quantities of breast milk/ baby formula and medically necessary liquids are permitted but must be presented to a TSA officer for further inspection.
- Leave holiday gifts unwrapped; TSA may open wrapped packages to check the contents.
- Snow globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces of liquid (approximately tennis ball size) can be packed in your carry-on bag ONLY if the entire snow globe, including the base, is able to fit into your one quart-sized, re-sealable plastic bag, according to TSA regulations.
For more travel tips, visit the TSA website.
Crime Prevention Tips from Eugene Police Department
Unfortunately, property crime spikes during the holiday season when many take the opportunity to visit family, friends and warmer weather. See the following tips from the Crime Prevention Unit to help prevent property crime.
- Lock doors and windows.
- Don’t leave valuables visible through windows.
- When out, turn on lights and radio or TV so it appears that someone is home.
- When traveling, ask a trusted neighbor to watch your home for you or sign up for our free home vacation check service. Also, stop your paper and mail delivery.
Theft from Vehicle Prevention
- Never leave ANYTHING in view, even when your car is locked.
- Park in busy and well-lit areas.
- If you can’t leave your vehicle empty, consider hiding items in your trunk before you arrive at your destination.
Theft of Vehicle Prevention
- Use a steering wheel locking device.
- Use a vehicle security system.
Don't Advertise Your Vacation Plans
It’s risky to change your answering-machine message to say you’re on vacation or allow your home to look unoccupied while you’re away. Share your vacation information on a “need-to-know” basis and wait to post those great vacation pics on social media until after you’ve returned home.
For emergencies and crimes in progress call 9-1-1. To report crimes that have already occurred that are not emergencies, please call the non-emergency line at 541-682-5111. There is also the online reporting tool (report a crime). Using this online citizen police report system allows you to submit a report immediately for vandalism, criminal mischief, graffiti, hit and run, illegal camping, and to provide anonymous drug/crime/behavioral activity tips.